December 09, 2006

Knight passes Rupp as Texas Tech wins: Love him or hate him. He's one of the best.

posted by pcbenedict to basketball at 07:01 PM - 14 comments

He'll be #1 on the all-time victories list, but near the bottom on the all-time list of coaches with any class.

posted by BlueCarp at 08:07 PM on December 09, 2006

Hate him.

posted by rushmc at 09:16 AM on December 10, 2006

But it isn't like Rupp was a charmer either.

posted by tieguy at 11:37 AM on December 10, 2006

i don;t remember any of his former players complaining about him being an asshole or any other negative comments

posted by chip chop at 01:05 PM on December 10, 2006

You know I can't stand him but he is a good coach and I did read his book and saw the ESPN movie. But I just don't agree with most of his techniques and his anger control problem. I hope someday a better coach like the duke coach breaks his record

posted by luther70 at 01:51 PM on December 10, 2006

Punctuation is your friend. also: chipchop: sarcasm, right? :)

posted by tieguy at 01:58 PM on December 10, 2006

Knight is a good coach however he has a really bad temper. remember when he head butted one of his players while he was sitting on the bench? nobody deserves treatment like that, i dont care if what you did may have cost your team the game or whatever. love him or hate him, he is a good coach and he knows how to get the job done...

posted by singlen8tivedude at 03:42 PM on December 10, 2006

He'll be #1 on the all-time victories list, but near the bottom on the all-time list of coaches with any class. Yeah, shame on Bobby Knight for expecting a little respect from his players. Has he crossed the line in the past? Yes. Will he do it again? Yes. However, I would argue that Knight does the best job of creating men as apposed to simply basketball players.

posted by yay-yo at 05:04 PM on December 10, 2006

Knight does the best job of creating men This is what the man is about, name a coach today with a 90% grad rate? Knight's rule for his players include, go to class or don't play, something the media never plays when doing stories on Coach Knight.

posted by SAVANX at 10:50 PM on December 10, 2006

Is there still an outstanding criminal warrant out for Knight in Puerto Rico? I guess Texas Tech can't go to any basketball tournaments down there, huh?

posted by jm_mosier at 08:44 AM on December 11, 2006

Yeah, jm_mosier, and that really seems to be hampering his style, isn't it. Bobby Knight may be a loudmouth jackass, but he doesn't misrepresent himself. His students know exactly what they're getting out of him when they sign on for his program: they're getting a hard course in basketball fundamentals, a grounding in discipline that is almost unprecedented, and the ability to deal with anything that comes up in life after college. Oh, and he graduates pretty much everyone, which in a competitive I-A program is almost unheard of. There isn't a sneaky bone in Bobby Knight's body. That hurts him a lot in the showbiz end of big-time sports, where public figures are expected to be as coy as geishas, but one on one, in class, in practice, at courtside, among the people who deal with him every day, it brings him a level of respect I can only hope to earn over the course of my life. He deserves every accolade he gets, and many more.

posted by chicobangs at 09:46 AM on December 11, 2006

Is it o.k. to be a raciest? Adoph was a total biggot. You people that don't care about Knight only see what the press shows you. Ask the players? Ask Associate A.D. Steve Downing who went with Knight to Tech what type of person Knight is? (Downing happens to be African American)

posted by czechmeinmo at 06:44 PM on December 11, 2006

I really wish the "Knight's an a-hole so he sucks as a coach " argument would stop. I don't like him, but he's a great coach. Knight runs his program like a drill sergeant. Every one of the kids in his program know that long before they sign on the dotted line. Every kid that's good enough for Knight to want him is also good enough to have several other options. They choose to play for him knowing full well that he's a tough bastard and he won't be overly gentle in their training. They want to be there anyway, and the rest of us should just shut the hell up and let them play. I don't like Knight. I also don't like opera, or the egos it sometimes spawns, but that doesn't mean that I can't recognize the talent and commitment it requires. Bottom line, Bobby's a hard ass. His kids expect it, and overwhelmingly say that they appreciate it. He's one of the best coaches ever whether we like him or not.

posted by ctal1999 at 08:10 PM on December 12, 2006

/applauds chico's and ctal's posts.

posted by mjkredliner at 10:15 PM on December 12, 2006

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